The Grand Wailea Resort is in itself a tourist attraction, not to mention a luxurious place to stay while on a Maui vacation. It’s expansive, lavish and well manicured grounds showcase waterfalls, swimming and reflection pools, indoor and outdoor sculptures, flower gardens and lush tropical foliage plus a world class white sand beach. One of the most delightful sights on the grounds is the seaside Wedding Chapel, often used for ‘getting Maui’d’ as many a couple come to Maui for their wedding ceremony.
The hotel was built by Japanese developer Takashi Sekiguchi, who also put together a large art collection for the hotel. It opened in 1991 as the Grand Hyatt Wailea. The hotel was built at an estimated cost of $650 million, which proved to be more than the economy could sustain, and Sekiguchi lost control of the property, which was sold for $263 million in 1998. The property has been sold several times since then and it is now operated by Hilton Worldwide. It was the first hotel to join Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts in 2006 after the Manhattan hotel became a brand. It is the second largest hotel on the island of Maui and is one of Hawaii’s most well known resorts.